Wearing Sunglasses for UV Protection
With this infographic, InspiredShades hopes to educate the public about the benefits of wearing sunglasses for UV protection.
BUYING SUNGLASSES to protect youn eyes AN INFOGRAPHIC BY INSPIREDSHADES.COM THE HISTORY Where did sunglasses come from? THE FIRST SUNGLASSES were not intended to block out harmful sunlight, they were worn by Chinese Judges to conceal their eye expressions in court. IN PREHISTORIC AND HISTORIC TIME, Inuit peoples wore flattened walrus ivory "glasses," looking through narrow slits to block harmful reflected rays of the sun. TODAY MODERN SUNGLASSES with an emphasis on sun protection started selling in the 1930s TODAY 80% OF ADULTS 1930'S understand the importance of protecting their eyes from UV Rays. UV RAYS What they ane & how to piotect yourself LONG HOURS IN THE SUN without eye protection can damage your eyes by contributing to cata- racts, macular degeneration and growths on the eye, including cancer. SUNLIGHT IS THE MAIN SOURCE of UV rays. People who get a lot of UV exposure from these sources are at greater risk for skin cancer. OPHTHALMOLOGISTS RECOMMEND that you wear 99% and above UV-absorbent sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat whenever you're in the sun for long periods of time. Determining if Sunglasses have uV protection MOST STICKERS WILL SAY STILL UNSURE? SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF: Lenses block 99% or 100% of UVB and UVA rays, or lenses meet ANSI Z80.3 blocking requirements or sunglasses offer UV Protection bring them into a local Optical store, most have UV meters. It you are unsure it your UV400 100%UV PROTECTION AGAINST ULTRA VIOLET RAYS POLARIZED SUNGLASSES POLARIZED SUNGLASSES DON'T GUARANTEE UV PROTECTION. Polarized sunglasses are a way to offer better visual clarity, but they don't necessarily offer UV Protection. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT POLARIZED SHADES GRAY LENSES Allows true color perception, but does not enhance contrast. Good for golf, cycling, or running. AMBER LENSES YELLOW LENSES Brightens cloudy, hazy, or foggy skies. Excellent for contrast. Improves contrast and depth perception in low light. Good for snow skiing and trap shooting, especially on overcast days. Minimizes eye strain. Good for hunters, pilots and snow skiers. Distorts color (images look yellow orange). LENS COLORS The tint or shade of the lens isn't indicative of the amount of UV Protection. Even clear lenses can offer 100% UV protection. Tinted lenses can reduce brightness, but they don't specifically block out UV rays or harsh glares. RED LENSES BROWN LENSES Good in hazy sun, enhances con- trast. Good for high-glare sports such as skiing, fishing or sailing. Excellent depth perception in low light. Contrasts objects against blue or green backgrounds. Good for skiing and hunting. GREEN LENSES Allows true color perception and good contrast in bright light. Reduces eye strain in bright light. MIRRORED LENSES MIRRORED FINISHES ON LENSES DO REDUCE the amount of visible light entering your eyes, but don't assume they will fully protect you against UV radiation. It is simply a coating applied to the lense to reduce light, not to offer UV protection. WHAT SUNGLASSES CAN'T DO Sunglasses cannot protect your eyes from certain intense light sources. Arc welding, tanning lights, snowfields, or gazing directly at the sun, especially during a solar eclipse, for example, can severely damage your eyes. START SHOPPING NOW TO PROTECT YOUR EYES
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